Sly manages the Emerson Charitable Trust and the company’s community relations activities, a position he was appointed to in 2012. He began his career at Emerson in 1980 as national sales manager for power tools and subsequently held several positions of increasing responsibility with the company, including executive vice president for sales and marketing.
Sly currently serves as the vice chair of the Saint Louis University Board of Trustees and the national board of directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope. He is a board member of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation and is former chair and current board member of the Nine Network of Public Media (PBS). He is also a member of the boards of directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.